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The Structure of the Constitution In 1787 the United States of America is finally starting to develop into a true nation The Framers of the Constitution realize that the country needs a government that is not over-bearing but is not to liberal Knowing this the Framers structured the government in a specific way First they made different federal and state powers Next they placed the separation of federal powers Third the Founders created Congress After this a president was chosen Federal courts were the last structural clause in the Constitution The Writers wanted to separate the powers into different levels The first level is called the federal government This is where the power is shared among state and national delegates The federal government is broken into different powers Powers that are reserved for the states to choose laws such as in the educational purposes Other powers are reserved for the country as a whole to vote on like declaring war This was a smart move because it made the states feel like they have a voice In some cases though the nation had to use both powers as one These issues such as collecting taxes are called concurrent powers The nation could not give to much power to any one group or person The Constitution create a separation of powers This gave the three branches of the government the legislative executive and judicial branches their own area of authority The Constitution then gave each branch the right to stop or check the others in certain ways if they did not agree with the what the other is doing The president can veto any acts of Congress The executive branch is balanced Which means they can overturn a veto with Congress with two-thirds vote of each house This practice is called checks and balances The Constitution also had to limit the control people had over the government In a comparison of the House
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